ChIPS: Lower Cost, Higher Quality, Less Environmental and Health Risk
4Ry’s patented Spray Triode Atomizer and Charge Injected Precision Spraying, or ChIPS, alters the economics of spraying. Costs are substantially lowered, spray quality enhanced, and health and environmental risks reduced.
When a charge is imparted to a fluid, the size, development, and characteristics of the droplets are governed by their surface charge. Droplets with like charges repel (Coulomb repulsion) each other and eliminate the need for propellants in a spray.
Behavior of the spray itself is governed by the surface charge on the droplets. The spray is a precise, targeted array of droplets and so is less subject to random air currents and drift. Traditionally, water and fillers have been added to sprays to enhance spray quality. 4Ry’s technology requires only the fluid’s undiluted formulation or active ingredient. ChIPS eliminates water and fillers, which are costly and can pose health and environmental risks.
The negatively charged droplets from the grounded sprayer seek a ground, the target of the spray. They thoroughly coat the target, including irregular surfaces, with active ingredient, not water and fillers. There is little or no overspray or aerosol drift. Conventional spraying’s aerosol drift is wasteful and poses risks of human and animal inhalation, soil contamination, and groundwater pollution.
ChIPS Technology Applications
The Spray Triode Atomizer and ChIPS are the foundation of 4Ry’s business. They open the door to substantial cost savings, enhanced spray quality, and reduced health and environmental risks in a variety of applications. 4Ry has targeted five key applications for ChIPS technology.
- Aerosol Personal Care Products
- Precision Crop Spraying
- Livestock and Meat Safety
- Eradicating Insect-borne Diseases
- Industrial Painting and Coating
For details about these applications, please see the ChIPS Technologies and Applications page.
These applications involve multi-billion dollar industries. 4Ry is currently doing testing and developmental work with companies, government agencies, and academic institutions involved with those industries. They value the transformative potential of ChIPS. The technology is adapted for individual applications and may require changes in equipment, production processes and marketing. 4Ry has made steady progress in meeting the demands of the marketplace.
4Ry is partnering with companies to test its crop sprayer from a variety of platforms. It is being adapted to ground and drone-based systems. Drones are unable to carry the large containers required for traditional spraying. By eliminating water and fillers, the Spray Triode Atomizer will allow drones to carry smaller volumes of concentrated formulation while covering the same area as traditional spraying. 4Ry is also working with the USDA to develop its cattle sprayers and has conducted two field tests with the agency.
ChIPS Combustion Applications
Two other 4Ry-targeted ChIPS applications, outdoor appliances and diesel engines, are based on the properties of combustible charged fluid droplets. By increasing its charge, 4Ry’s Spray Triode Atomizer can reduce the average droplet size of a combustible fluid. Because they repel each other, droplets are well-mixed and disperse better than conventional sprays. These charged droplets are more combustible than larger, uncharged droplets. Increased fuel combustibility leads to increased efficiency and less environmentally harmful particulate waste.
4Ry is partnering with a company at the forefront of innovative engine technologies to adapt the Spray Triode Atomizer to diesel fuel injectors and eventually, to gasoline fuel injectors as well.